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    Maritza asked a questionBreast Cancer

    how do you cope with fear or recurrence of cancer? it just seems like a ghost is always bothering me.......it makes me feel frustrated

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      The terrible thing about worrying about it coming back is that, [email redacted] it, it does sometimes (3 times over 10 years for me). However, if you try to keep your mind on other things (work, family, etc), you can push it away for awhile. And the "awhiles" gradually become longer and longer.

      This may be sort of dumb, but I found playing computer games like Freecell helped. You are just sort of mindlessly focused on the game for awhile and when you stop, you are on to the next thing, not the cancer thought. There is always gonna be that pain or bump that you think, oh it's cancer, but as time goes on, you can just laugh at yourself. Remember, doctors in training end up believing they have all these wierd diseases when they are learning all the symptoms of things! You have to stop and say, now really, what are the odds of that truly happening???? what is a more likely explanation?

      Each time you are up for a recheck, you'll worry. But each time you are clear, you'll think, by golly, I made it this far so I think I can make it even farther.

      over 4 years ago
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      just make sure you have the right doctor that gives you scans at least every couple years. scary as they are they would have saved my life if my dr. in 12 years had given me one. she waited until the breast cancer spread to my bones and lungs . she said the insurance co. does not like to pay for scans but I really enjoy paying the co-pays for all my treatments. she gave me a year to live three years ago. I have since found a new dr, who said it took 10 years for it to spread,make sure your dr. keeps a close look out for you

      over 3 years ago
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      I see that some of our posts are still being looked over and I will add that after 4 scans and over a year since treatments I can say that there are even days that I forget I have had cancer! Praise God I am feeling great and working and enjoying life, family and friends. Just a bit of anxiety the week of my scans but I get to go 6 months between scans and only see the doctor every 3 months. I can't say that cancer is a blessing but it has brought a lot of blessings into my life.

      about 3 years ago
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    Maritza asked a questionBreast Cancer

    has anyone experienced strong back pain almost a year after finishing treatment (chemo and radiotherapy)????

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      Maritza I don't mean to be an alarmist but I had the same kind of pain and it turned out to be several fractured vertebrae due to radiation caused osteoporosis. Be sure you're taking good care of your back and other bones. See your doctor, get and ex ray and a bone scan to see if you need to be on some kind of osteoporosis treatment. No one told me about this awful side effect and I wish they would have. It could have saved me a year or more of horrible pain. I'm OK now. They will heal but the doctors won't (of course) guarantee anything. I hope this isn't what is going on but check it out. Jay

      over 4 years ago
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      Get it checked to relieve your anxiety. My back pain turned out to be degenerative disc pain & I am doing physical therapy now. I have osteoporosis too, but that isn't the cause of pain. Same in my neck. Always good to let our docs know. If you take an Aromatase Inhibitor, that can cause pain too. Good luck!

      over 4 years ago
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      ErinJ

      I stuggle with lower back pain too and osteoporsis, but be sure to see your oncologist and have it evaluated.
      May your day be blessed~ej

      over 4 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Implant chemotherapy port): Nobody had really explained this part very well, so it was scary for me...........also taking care of the port was something I did not know of.......so showers were very unconfortable.....and today, more than one year after, I still have the port in me..............but sometimes it feels uncomfortable

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    Procedure or Surgery (Breast Reconstruction (Implant)): I had everything done in one surgery: mastectomy(left breast) and reconstruction at the same time!
    I know I am lucky...since I have heard so many stories that are very different.